Buying small herb pots is a very inexpensive way to start an herb garden. Hardy herbs can survive the cold spring nights. When you grow herbs now, they will come back year after year and offer tremendous value, especially if space in your garden is limited. With fresh herbs in the garden, you can also enrich the grilled dishes with a delicious, home-grown aroma in summer.
Here are some hardy herbs you can grow yourself so you can enjoy them all year round.
Hardy herbs will liven up your kitchen and garden
Most herbs are not picky about soil conditions. They are therefore suitable for a variety of garden locations. Most herbs need full sun, ie 6 or more hours a day. Many hardy herbs make excellent pollinating plants and are rarely attacked by pests or disease.
These perennial herbs are ideal for any cook looking to expand their garden this year.
These herb plants are the best choice for your hardy herb garden
15 hardy herbs for your own herb garden
Sage also thrives in the heat and has the loveliest blooms in late spring. Plus, they’re loved by pollinators! Once established, it is very cold hardy. It is ideal for cooking meat, soups, stews, vegetables and preparing dressings. Plant other varieties, like pineapple sage, to add flavor to a fruit salad or to make iced tea.
Use sage as a spice
Thyme is a low growing perennial that produces beautiful small pink or purple flowers in early spring. It’s a great low maintenance ground cover! There are many different types, including lemon, orange, and lavender thyme.
Thyme as a garden plant
Lovage is an old-fashioned herb that is mostly overlooked, although it shouldn’t be! The leaves of this hardy plant have a sweet, celery-like flavor. It is heat and cold tolerant and can grow up to 5 meters tall in a single season. Try it in soups or salads.
Try the taste of this herb and you won’t regret it
Oregano is extremely hardy and produces a multitude of small white or pink flowers throughout the summer that pollinators like to visit. It also drops seeds in the garden, so maybe in a few years other oregano plants will spring up! Oregano is a perennial herb that does well with some shade. Oregano is a classic in all kinds of Mediterranean dishes.
Every cook has oregano in the kitchen
Chives grow in neat clusters and bear pretty purple flowers in mid-spring. Both the leaves and flowers are fully edible. It also self-seeds, so new chive plants can appear in your garden later. Chives are delicious in potato dishes, soups, salads, and just about any recipe that could use a mild onion flavor.
Cooking with chives – a great idea in spring!
Since mint grows almost like a weed, you should start by planting it in a pot. Then submerge the entire pot to the bottom to stem growth. Mint comes in many different flavors, including spearmint, chocolate mint, and apple mint. It is ideal for iced tea, cocktails and baked goods.
Mint is our favorite!
Winter savory has a low, bushy shape with white flowers. It is related to summer savory, which is annual, but has a more intense flavor. It can be added to fish and meat dishes or sauces for an earthy, pungent flavor reminiscent of thyme and mint.
Another hardy herb to add to dishes
Not only is lavender beautiful, but its flowers can be harvested to add a light flavor to baked goods. Of course, it is also a great ingredient for homemade candles! There are many different varieties. Make sure the variety you buy will survive the winter in your area.
Think carefully about the idea of growing lavender in your herb garden
The delicate, leaf-like leaves of Russian tarragon can be dried or used fresh in egg, fish, or meat dishes. Its taste is milder than that of French tarragon and it is extremely cold-resistant as it originally comes from Siberia!
Enjoy fresh tarragon!
The pretty, daisy-like flowers of chamomile can be harvested, dried and infused in hot water to make tea. Note Roman chamomile, which is a perennial, as opposed to chamomile, which is annual. Its pinnate leaves also make it an attractive ground cover plant.
Do you like drinking chamomile tea?
Sorrel is an heirloom plant that is difficult to classify. is he a herb? Or is he some kind of green stuff? In fact, it fits into both categories and is one of the first plants to appear in spring. Its lemony flavor adds a special touch to fresh salads or sautéed vegetables.
This garden perennial is actually a herb plant
The lemon-scented, mint-like leaves of this perennial herb make a lovely addition to your garden. Remove the flowers to prevent them from spreading, otherwise this plant may take over your entire garden. Most often it is used to brew a cup of delicious tea.
Such a beautifully fragrant herb
Although dill is an annual plant, it sheds so many seeds after flowering that it will bloom again the following spring. The flowers have a showy, lacy structure that attracts pollinators. It is best used to flavor salads, pickles and fish dishes.
Dill, of course, belongs to the list of hardy herbs
As you might have guessed, garlic chives have a mild garlic flavor. Both the leaves and the white flowers that appear in late summer are absolutely edible.
A nice touch of color for your garden
Coriander is an annual plant that thrives in cool weather, but if it sheds its seeds, they will germinate again next spring or in cooler temperatures in the fall.
Hardy herbs – coriander in a pot